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by Hobson's Choice

Alt-folk meets chamber jazz; vibraphone, trumpet, voice, and guitar create a sound that is sometimes rich in its melody and lyrics, other times in its colour and architecture.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Trees
3:40 album only
2. Old Growth
3:30 album only
3. Followin' the Setting Sun
4:24 album only
4. Orange Encroaching On the Vanishing Darkness As Seen From Above
5:20 album only
5. Home At Last
3:48 album only
6. The House That I've Built
3:45 album only
7. Our Time
3:58 album only
8. The Shape of the River
4:57 album only
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Album Notes
Emerging Toronto folk-jazz group

Hobson's Choice is a Toronto-based, contemporary folk-jazz group that draws on a wide range of influences; from Joni Mitchell and Bruce Cockburn, to Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, and the late, great Canadian poet, Al Purdy.

Capitalizing on female and male vocals and the rich blend of vibes, trumpet, and guitar, Hobson's songs vary radically from sombre folk ballads to lively and imaginative instrumentals. After only one year as a working band, Hobson's Choice has made serious waves within Ontario's music community with a series of jaw-dropping live performances.

Despite their accomplishments, the band has humble beginnings as a group of friends, getting together to play music and eat falafel. In June of 2008, the band took the ferry to Toronto Island to record their debut album, Treelines, with Dale Morningstar at the Gas Station. Engaging issues as diverse as climate change, love, millenial malaise, and urban sprawl, Hobson's Choice extends the tradition of folk songwriting through the careful construction of intricate arrangements. The result is a sound that eschews the obvious and consistently surprises.

Hobson’s Choice is: Felicity Williams on voice, Michael Davidson on vibraphone, Rebecca Hennessy on trumpet, and Harley Card on guitar and voice. All the members have extensive experience in many musical spheres. Most notably, all four are active jazz performers and earned University degrees in jazz performance. Both Michael and Felicity attended York University, and Rebecca and Harley graduated from the University of Toronto.

After rave responses from audiences in Ontario, the group is looking forward to bringing its music to a wider audience.

“Hobson's Choice surprised us all with their unique blend of instruments and perfect harmonies.  As each song ended, we were left with hopeful excitement for the next.  Very engaging and beautiful music!”

~Miranda Ciarroni
Music Coordinator @ the Freeway Coffee House, Hamilton, ON

“......There was an air of gentleness, of controlled power, to Hobson's Choice. Felicity demonstrated once again that the voice is a beautiful instrument.” 

~Dean Verger
Rasputin's Folk Cafe Ottawa, ON



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